Glenn Marr, top notch fellow

I’m just back from sealing a deal with Glenn Marr, a Stamford realtor (Marr and Caruso) for a bank-owned property here in Old Greenwich.  Bank- owned deals are difficult yet, despite both us being under the weather last week, Glenn kept this deal alive and as of a few minutes ago, I believe my client has the property he wants. Only at the end did Glenn reveal that his own client was the next highest bidder, and how cool is that? He could easily have derailed my deal and doubled his commission, but he did not.

Realtors have a dubious reputation, some of it deserved, but it’s a joy to work with an honest, competent professional – no need for games, just two people representing their clients to the best of their ability. I didn’t know Glenn before this transaction but I look forward to dealing with him again. Great guy.

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  1. Walt

    Dude –
    It is nice to know their is honor among thieves. It really is.
    But he probably stole your watch.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  2. SlappedAss

    Repost after the closing to give everyone an update on how it worked out. Business is all about making as much money as possible for oneself or organization. If a Realtor working for me did what you are describing, I think I might fire him. Not in the best interest of my company to let a huge commission go to a competing realtor who there was not an existing relationship with. A company exists for one reason-increase shareholder equity. Sure, altruism is a good thing, but when every other realtor competing against me is gunning for my head, then I need to be exactly as altruist as they are. I suppose the PP is correct, honor among thieves.

    • Boy are you wrong, Slapped Ass. For one thing, Glenn’s primary client was the bank that owns the property and he is duty bound to obtain the highest price for them. His buyer client comes second. And, in the relatively small world of local real estate agents, honor and good faith will always go far and last long. Glenn didn’t short- change his buyer; he just stood by the deal we’d struck and and brought it to conclusion. That’s a great guy and one I think you would want to represent you, were you in the buying business. An honest broker is a rare find – hang on to him if you find him.

  3. The Duke of Deception

    Where are you guys going on your first date?

    “1020 Post” in Darien is nice.

  4. w b h

    Duke – just because I was glad to note the Gay Pride parade yesterday doesn’t mean …

    …Not that it’s a bad thing …

  5. Peg

    Call me a silly optimist – but I still believe that much of the time, in the long haul it does pay to be a good guy. (Maybe not necessarily in dollars – yet in items far more important.)

    Glad to hear you’ve got at least one great peer in Greenwich, Christopher – and I, too, hope you have many more deals to come.

  6. SlappedAss

    “Its not about the bucks, its who we are as people?” Jesus. Sounds great in theory, but try using that line with the mortgage company or Mercedes Benz Financial when they are looking for their monthly payment. I think it is extremely naive and just unrealistic to think that being nice and doing the right thing is going to pay the bills. Unfortunately sometimes in business you don’t make friends, and as scary as this is, you create enemies. Sure relationships and reputation are all part of any business, but at the end of the day those relationships, better create some revenue for me or my company. One of the dangers of being in consultative sales is that you do in fact become friendly, actually too friendly with clients, and the friendship becomes primary, selling, creating revenue becomes secondary. Its very hard to sell your best friend anything.
    That model doesn’t work. Business is a competitive venture, any friendships and niceties should be used to advance the goals of the company/division, etc. Most times when one divorces themselves from the position that created the friendship, or relationship, it ends when the position ends. In essence it was not a true personal friendship, instead a business based relationship that was mutually beneficial.
    Call me cynical, but that is how I see it.